Learn about the day to day of the best triathletes in the world It is one of the things that some fans of this sport enjoy the most. The new video from Gustav Iden It gives us precisely that opportunity: to accompany one of our idols throughout a whole day; from when he wakes up, until he turns off the light to go to sleep.
So are his training, his diet or his habits during a concentration.
“Life is good in Spain”
It is 07:53 in the morning when the alarm clock rings in Gustav Iden’s room. A little later than usual, but it is one of the advantages of being at the Sierra Nevada High Performance Center.
“We live in the Spanish time zone, so that means dinner is late, breakfast is late and everything is generally quite late,” explains the Norwegian, who wakes up “very sleepy” in the mornings.
“Normally I’d be on the pool deck by now and ready to jump in the water, but here I am in bed because life is good in spain“, Explain.
Athletes are men of Iden’s habits, she doesn’t lose hers. As soon as you get out of bed, change the coffee with a gel. “I still want some caffeine for before the run session,” she points out just after getting dressed for breakfast.
Breakfast and first session of the day
“This is the breakfast I eat basically every day,” Iden says as we look at a plate of various White bread rolls, salami, butter, salami, cheese and an orange juice. All this accompanied by two Norwegian runners, with whom he shares some sessions these days when Kristian Blummenfelt is absent.
With the deposit I have, it’s time to put on the overalls. The main session of the day is a “fairly tough” foot race: 3×10′, 4×5′, 5×3′ and 5×1′all at threshold rates. A session that a priori was going to take place on tape, given that the track is icy and snowy, but Iden surprises with a last-minute change of plans: “the last session on tape still sticks to me a bit and I want to have
high muscle impact I think that’s better on the mountain“.
“I was thinking of staying inside and now it’s going to be two hours uphill trying to keep up,” says the Giant rider, who starts the session with 30 minutes of warm-up and 5.9 kilometers in which it accumulates more than 350 meters of unevenness before starting the threshold work.
“Now it’s a challenge because it’s uphill so you can’t use the pace you normally have on a track,” he confesses. Although it is a “much more difficult” session, Iden also says that “it is much more interesting. It’s not a fun session in the traditional sense, but it’s kind of fun if it’s a big challenge.“.
And it is that of the new signing of the hep Sports Team He acknowledges that from 1,800 meters of altitude he does not get along with his performance. “You feel fit, yes, but fatigued as well. But it’s a good feeling of fatigue because you’re pushing hard,” he says after finishing his last uphill series running sub 3 min/km.
Two hours, 27 kilometers and 1,600 meters of elevation gain later, Gustav Iden ends the first session. “What’s really cool is that the altitude didn’t affect me as much now as it used toSo I think when I get down to sea level again and St. George, it’s not going to be any limitation on the lungs at all,” he explains.
“Everything will come from the legs and now with this session the impact was going to be on the legs, but legs feel pretty good so i think we’re on our way to do something big in st. george“.
Time to eat and nap before afternoon workouts
After the first session of the day, Gustav regains strength with food and a nap before returning to the fray. “Usually I always have a nap after lunchhe says. “Today it’s 30 minutes but usually about an hour.”
“That’s all I do. Train, eat, sleep, eat, train…There’s not much else in my life“. It may seem boring but the IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion assures that “life as a professional is very fun and very similar every day“.
In the afternoon, Iden prepares her body for the pool session with a shoot of 90 minutes on the roller. “It’s more than anything a warm-up for the quality swim session“, he explains. “As you know, I’m not the best swimmer, so I try to put as much energy as possible.”
Aware that the first of the segments is a weakness, Iden tries to jump into the pool as fresh as possible. “I try to use this cycling session to warm up and get myself in the mood for a good quality swim.”
The triathlete from Maurten remembers how it was the previous day, in which he added a total of seven hours of training: five hours of roller cycling with a 90″ bathroom break, then a ride on the track in harsh windy conditions, and finally a 4,000 meter swim.
“Today is going to be a little shorter but with more intensity and tomorrow I have a rest day”, he continues explaining. His planning is usually structured with three hard days and one easy day, “but this period we are doing four days of training quite hard and long, and one day of restso it’s a little harder,” he says.
Something that carries its risks, of course. “You can do a lot of damage, it’s a little safer to do the three-day plan,” he says. However, he is confident. “I think I’m in control and that’s why
we’re going to do the four-day one.”
“It’s not a day to brag on YouTube, it’s a normal day for you“, says his brother and trainer, Mikal Iden. “Yes, this is what I am doing. This is my life,” Gustav replies. Although his 27-kilometre uphill run may seem spectacular, “It’s nothing out of the ordinary, out of the ordinary. I changed it from a treadmill run which is quite challenging mentally because you always see progress, you always get closer to the bottom of the climb and it’s easier to push and go up the hill.”
“In that sense, it’s like a bragging day, because it looks really cool to push 27k uphill, but it’s a pretty normal day, I’d say.”
90′ of roller before the swimming session
“Limit sugar and limit your performance“, we hear Mikal Iden say while Gustav snack bread with Nutella before donning a time trial suit and getting on the roller.
“If you ask me why I wear a TT suit indoors it’s because it’s made to be in the TT position, so when I’m up here it’s really quite uncomfortable and it reminds me to stay in the aero position,” explains the triathlete.
With your cycling homework done, it’s time to hit the water. Iden’s session is pretty straightforward: 1,000, 10×100, 1,000, 10×100 that starts with no material and ends with shovels. “The first round was good (between 1’25” and 1’14”), but the second the technique was not so good. It was a more stressful swim than it should have been so I lowered the time, used the paddles and tried to flow well“.
Dinner time and back to bed
And this is how Gustav Iden ends a working day. “Now I guess pasta for dinner with a little chicken and tomato sauce. It’s the same dinner and lunch every day up here and I’m going to be here for six weeks, so seven days and twice a day, that’s how much pasta and chicken I’m going to eat here.”
Back in bed, with Milka cookies in hand, the man from Santini confesses: “I love staying up late. But being a high-performance athlete is not something I can do normally.“.
The fact that the next day is a rest day has allowed him to go to bed “quite late. It’s nice to be awake at night,” he says when he exceeds his usual schedule by 40 or 50 minutes.
When the clock strikes 11:30 p.m., Iden is “ready for bed” and prepares to listen to some podcasts. Yes indeed, “never triathlon. It’s so boring that I listen to any news, science or talk shows, never triathlon.”